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About Claire A. B. Freeland PhD
Dr. Freeland is continually amazed by the insightfulness and resiliency of children and teens. She has found that young people want to learn about thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Armed with information and coping strategies, they can grow to be their best selves.
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Psychology for Kids introduces kids to the science of psychology, with chapters on the brain, personality, intelligence, emotions, social relationships, and more. Accompanied by colorful illustrations of psychology’s big ideas, and lots of hands-on experiments to try at home, there’s no better way to dive into the fascinating science of the mind. Why do we sleep? What are feelings? How do we make decisions, and how do we learn from them? Psychology helps us ask and answer these big questions about ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Depression: A Teen’s Guide to Survive and Thrive is a guidebook for teenagers who are depressed or at risk for depression. This guide discusses depression and provides guidance on cognitive—behavioral therapy principles to help teens take a problem-solving, strategy-based approach to deal with depressed moods, thoughts, and behavior. Intended to serve as an adjunct to therapy, this is a very practical and easy-to-read book that is not overwhelming for teens.
This is Carolyn. Like many kids her age, Carolyn loves animals, castles, and building with blocks.
She is helpful to her mom and dad and even to her baby brother.
Carolyn started a new school this year.
She thinks her teacher seems nice and she is getting to know her classmates.
The other students are curious about Carolyn because she uses a wheelchair.
Carolyn is a happy, energetic, caring first-grader who just happens to be in a wheelchair. She’s excited to start her new year of school and make new friends. Yes I Can! follows Carolyn on a typical day at home, at school, and even on a field trip! She can do almost everything the other kids can, even if sometimes she has to do it a little differently.
Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with more information on discussing disabilities with children and helping them to build positive, empathic relationships.
From the Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers:
Sometimes, even with answers to questions, some children continue to be reluctant to interact with a classmate with a disability. Encourage your children to smile and say hello. If you are a parent or caregiver, reach out to the parent of the child who uses a wheelchair and suggest a play date. Talk to your child about their reluctance. Help them put their worries into words. It can be easier to address specific worries or questions, like we did above, than an unspecified reluctance.
If you are reading this book because your child has teased or made fun of a classmate with a disability, remind them that all children have feelings and that their classmate feels hurt just like your child would if someone teased them. Model kindness toward people with disabilities. Demonstrate making eye contact with and saying hello to people in wheelchairs. With some basic information, and adjusting games and activities so that a peer with a disability can participate, young children can easily learn to make accommodations for peers with disabilities.
If you are fortunate enough to guide children in this process, they may surprise you with their motivation and creativity. The experience of working together to solve problems of playing with one another can allow a child in a wheelchair to feel included and provide a learning experience in empathy for classmates.
What to Do When Fear Interferes guides children and their parents through overcoming phobias using strategies and techniques based on cognitive-behavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to overcome their fears—so they can blast off to new adventures!
Have you ever noticed how pirates use a spyglass to focus in on other ships or land in the distance? While they focus in on small things in the distance, they miss seeing other things around them. Sometimes they miss having fun. Sometimes they miss the beautiful treasure they already have!
Just like a pirate using a spyglass, kids may focus in on one thing that they want, and not notice all the good things they already have. If you’re a kid who thinks “it’s not fair,” this book is for you!
What to Do When It’s Not Fair guides children and their parents through the difficult emotion of envy and jealousy using strategies and techniques based on a cognitive-behavioralprinciples. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to cope with envy—so they can sail the high seas with pleasure!
This book is part of the Magination Press What-to-Do Guides for Kids® series and includes an “Introduction to Parents and Caregivers.” What-to-Guides for Kids® are interactive self-help books designed to guide 6–12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of various psychological concerns. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, these books educate, motivate, and empower children to work towards change.